Felony charge follows highway handgun incident

A Farmington man is facing a felony charge after allegedly pointing a handgun at another driver on Interstate 35E.

According to the criminal complaint, Bobby Neal Munn, 42, held the gun and mouthed the word “boom” at the victim while heading southbound on I-35E at Highway 13 in Mendota Heights.

The complaint gives the following account:

An unmarked police car responded to a 5:23 p.m. March 17 dispatch call from a driver who reported a man had pointed a gun at him and his wife. Police located Munn on Interstate 35E in Eagan, where he was observed exiting on Pilot Knob Road. When a marked Eagan police car came in sight, he turned into the parking lot of a closed Discount Tire store and exited his vehicle with his hands in the air as three squad cars pulled into the lot.

Officers found a .357-caliber Rossi handgun and six hollow point bullets in the vehicle.

Munn told police he was in a driving altercation with the victim and felt threatened, so he put the gun, still in its holster, on his dashboard, intending to get the other driver to “back off.”

Munn denied pulling the gun on anyone or removing it from the holster. He did say he removed bullets from the weapon because he did not want officers to feel threatened by a loaded gun.

Munn’s wife was in the car at the time of the incident and told police that her husband had put the gun on the dashboard, but she would not answer questions about whether her husband pointed the gun at anyone.

Munn has been charged with one count of terroristic threats, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and $10,000 fine.

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